Holiday Treats and Study Breaks

At this very busy time of year the Office of Counseling & Student Services invites you to join us at one or all of the following events:

Bagel Breakfast

Thursday, December 11   9 am – 10:30 am


Tea & Empathy Study Break

Tuesday, December 16   2 pm – 4 pm


Wednesday, December 17   9 am – 11 am

Get togethers will take place in Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 1st floor.


Take a study break, get off to a good start with breakfast, or just stop by to

celebrate the holiday season and to see your friends at the end of the semester.


We look forward to seeing you!  And, if you are unable to make it, the staff in the Office of Counseling & Student Services,

wishes you the best of luck on your finals and a healthy and restful holiday season.


Happy Holidays,

Associate Dean Patricia Carey

Jeanne Bannon, Director

Doris Alcivar, Student Services Counselor

Jessica Walker, Student Services Counselor

Margaret Bailey, LCSW, New York University Student Health Center

Jody Clark Vaisman, Graduate Assistant

Christina Chala, Graduate Intern

SHC Self-Improvement Classes & Group Counseling

When you’re preparing your schedule for the Spring semester, you may want to schedule a little ‘me’ time. The Student Health Center sponsors an on-going series of Self-Improvement Classes (for example, Stress Clinics, Time Management, Life Skills) as well Group Counseling Sessions (Making Peace with Food and Recognizing Your Social Potential are just two of many). Click here to see the full schedule.

International Education Week

Want to increase your global IQ?
Interested in attending dozens of free events on campus?

Celebrate the spirit of International Education Week (IEW) throughout November!  Take advantage of the many ways that NYU infuses a global perspective into academic and co-curricular programs. 

IEW is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote international exchange and foster greater global awareness.  Although IEW is from Monday, November 17- Friday, November 21, 2008,  NYU celebrates this initiative throughout the month of November.

See the complete calendar of over 35 events at

Highlights include:

IEW Photography Exhibit: What is Home?
Monday, November 10 – Friday, November 21
8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Location: On display in Kimmel Center Commuter Lounge, 2nd Floor FREE

This annual exhibit features thirty poignant images taken by NYU students and staff members, celebrating the unique notion of what home means to them.

IEW Performance: Chris Southgate
Thursday, November 20,  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street (between 8th Street and Waverly Place) FREE

English poet Dr. Christopher Southgate reads from his new dramatic work, T.S. Eliot and the Women. Sponsored by the OISS in collaboration with Ground Up Productions.

IEW Panel, Film Screening and Live Performance: African Underground:
Democracy in Dakar
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium on 4th floor FREE – Advance Reservation Required at

Join the OISS and The Center for a screening of this film following rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal, which examines hip-hop’s role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released via the internet, the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Movie: Arranged
Thursday, November 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: 246 Greene Street, Kimball Hall, 3rd floor FREE

Two young women, an Orthodox Jew, and a Muslim, meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are in arranged marriages. This event is sponsored by the Steinhardt International Education Forum and the Office for International Students and Scholars. Send email to or via facebook

Items from Ten Thousand Villages, one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations will be sold from 7 p.m. until the movie’s beginning.

IEW is coordinated by the Office for International Students and Scholars with over 15 sponsoring organizations and offices. If you have any questions, please email or go to

From the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

November marks the time in the semester for you to meet with your advisor to plan your spring schedule, and perhaps winter session. It may also be time to review progress toward completion of requirements for your master’s or doctoral degree. In meeting with your advisor, the expectation is that you are an active participant, fully aware of the policies and procedures that guide your study and your next steps. Advisement is a right; it is also a responsibility, and works best when both you and your advisor work in partnership throughout the advisement process. Visit

As you go forward with your planning, take advantage of the opportunities you can include in your academic experience. Consider NYU Study Abroad and/or Steinhardt Study Abroad, Apply for a Dean’s Grant for Student Research or a Pre-Doctoral Summer Research Grant, The next edition of Student Matters will be published in January. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the all-University weeklong celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starting January 19th. Spring semester classes begin on the 20th—so the week will be very busy. Best wishes for the remainder of the semester. Let us be helpful at or come see us in Pless Hall, 2nd Floor.

Patricia M. Carey

Register Early — Don’t Get Closed Out of Classes

Monday, November 17th Albert opens to students for class registration, by appointment. Undergraduate students who have not received an appointment date, please call the University Registrar at 212 998 4290. Graduate students may also register for the spring semester beginning Monday, November 17. You may log into Albert from

Take the Challenge: Scholarships, Fellowships, and National Competitions…

Sign up for the National Scholarships listserv! Go to and enter your NYU email address to stay informed about prestigious scholarship opportunities.

Links to Grants for Graduate Study:

Zuckerman Forum: A University Dialogue. University-wide undergraduate public debate offering prizes up to $15,000. The deadline for registration is Monday, December 1, 2008. Find out more at

SOPHOMORES: Are you interested in public service and social change? Do you have ideas for solving society’s large scale problems? Consider applying for the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship. There is an information session is scheduled for December 9th. For more information check or contact Doris Alcivar at or 212 992 9382. The deadline is January 27, 2009.

National Scholarship Competitions: The Director of Scholarship Programs (Silver 909C) oversees the application and endorsement process for all undergraduates at NYU. Please check each scholarship Web site for application information and eligibility requirements (such as minimum GPA). Also please note that the NYU campus deadlines are often months in advance of the foundation deadlines, so begin your applications early.


Beinecke Memorial Scholarships: For undergraduate senior year and graduate study in an arts and sciences field which student demonstrates exceptional ability;

National Security Education Program: Undergraduate scholarships for study abroad in countries outside western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand;

Morris K. Udall Scholarships: For undergraduate who intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy;

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program: For graduating seniors or those in their first year after graduation, Carnegie offers a paid one-year position as a research assistant at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C.; [Note: Applications must be requested from the Director of Scholarship Programs, Silver 909C.]


Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship: For graduate study in the United States, field of study is open; must have significant financial need to be eligible;

James Madison Memorial Fellowships: For graduate study leading to employment as a secondary school teacher of American history, government or social studies;


Freeman-Asia Grants: For study abroad in Asia for summer, semester, or full-year programs;

Dean’s Grants for Student Research 2009 Competition

Outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in NYUSteinhardt are invited to apply for the Dean’s Grants for Student Research 2009. Undergraduates may be awarded up to $500 to explore an idea under the supervision of a faculty member. Graduate students may be awarded up to $1,000 to also explore a faculty-sponsored independent research project or a specific component of thesis or dissertation work, e.g. instrument development/validation, or a pilot study. For more information, go to You may also call us at 212 998 5965. The deadline to submit applications is March 6, 2009.

Student Business Cards

NYU Steinhardt undergraduate and graduate students may have business cards printed with the school logo, your email address/phone number, graduation month/year, etc. These cards may be useful in your job search, in informational interviews, at informal gatherings, and among friends and colleagues both inside and outside the university. For more information, call 998 5065.


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First Fridays Research Colloquium

The 2008-09 First Friday Research Colloquium focuses on the mentor/student relationship. Faculty and doctoral students present ongoing research in the many disciplines across Steinhardt. All currently registered NYUSteinhardt doctoral students (including those registered for E10.3400) are invited to attend. First Fridays is also an excellent opportunity to meet other doctoral students from across the school in an informal setting and discuss issues you have in common as developing scholars.

Next meetings: Friday, November 7 and Friday, December 5 in the 3rd Floor Student Lounge in Pless Hall. Please e-mail Nancy Hall at to RSVP. Also check the Web site